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Welcome to Frenchtown Walking Tours!

Each tour covers about half a mile and takes one or two hours depending on how much I remember that day.
Tours cost $15 each and you have to register at rickepstein@yahoo.com so I know to show up.
Here's the tour schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Downtown Tour

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.
Lower Cemetery Tour to benefit
Milford Borough Historical Society

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.
Upper Cemetery Tour

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.
Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour


"Don't get me started!"

Your guide

I came to Frenchtown in 1977 to become editor of the Delaware Valley News. If I'd known I'd be the official borough historian 44 years later, I'd have come here sooner and taken better notes. Lesson learned. 

                   -- Rick Epstein

Five ways to savor
Frenchtown history!

DOWNTOWN TOUR -- covers the Great Fire of 1878, the rise of the Odd Fellows, the oldest house in town, the silent-movie theater, and how Frenchtown got its name.

UPTOWN TOUR -- Doc Mullins' hospital, the doll carriage factory, Frenchtown High School and the Original Terrier, the Doughboy statue, the Barn Theater, and love in 1942. 

CEMETERY TOURS -- facts and true stories about Frenchtown people enshrined there. 

Lower Cemetery Tour -- It's mostly about people from the 1800s, like Civil War hero Capt. Slater, the prankish T. Powers Williams, and Charlie Slack, who hanged Jeff Davis in effigy.

Upper Cemetery Tour -- It's mostly about people from the 1900s, like the murderous Amos Hart; Frank Barrett, who worked one day a year; and  Clarence Doan, the unluckiest man in Frenchtown history.

BAD LUCK & POOR CHOICES TOUR -- the boiler explosion of 1879, the banker who was too smart for his own good (1926), death by lightning (1888), gunfire in the drug store (1939), and why Aaron Burr never slept here (1806). 

Rick's Frenchtown history blog

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